Class Registration Information

To register for classes online, have your UT EID and password ready. When your registration access period becomes available, log onto the Registrar's Online Services. If you have trouble registering, or if you do not know your registration access period, you can also click on the above link and navigate the pages for information. If you have major advising questions, you should run an Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) and consult with your assigned academic advisor in the School of Journalism.

Advising and Advising Bars

If you are registering for the first time as a Journalism major at UT Austin (freshmen and transfer students from other institutions or other UT departments), you may have an advising bar. You will be unable to access the Registrar's Online Services until the advising bar is cleared. Please meet with your assigned journalism advisor to have the bar removed.

Although there is a specific time each semester set aside for registration advising, you are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor before that period as their available appointments during that time typically fill very quickly. Although each advisor's schedule may vary, you can generally schedule appointments for anytime during the workweek except during the lunch hour (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) and the weekly staff meeting (Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.).

Regardless of bars, we recommend at least one individual meeting each semester with the following:

Your journalism advisor, to be sure you are following the most efficient route to complete your degree requirements. If you have any questions about the journalism degree plan, the advisor will have the answers.

A faculty member, for career counseling and suggestions for courses that may enhance preparation for a career in journalism.


Classes fill quickly, especially in the School of Journalism, so you should log into the Registrar's Online Services during your earliest access period and register for your journalism classes first. If your first choice of time is full, try all other sections. If all sections of a journalism class are full, add yourself to the electronic waitlist and continue trying to add the course during every available add/drop period.

Please be aware that although we utilize the online waitlist system, we will look through the students on the waitlists and take total hours, GPA and individual degree plan needs into consideration before determining who will be added to a class. Therefore, simply being first on a waitlist does not guarantee admission to a class if openings do occur.

The School of Journalism office will notify journalism students via email and/or the Journalism Advising Blog about new or enlarged classes and other schedule changes as soon as the information is available.


Be certain that you meet all prerequisites before attempting to register for any journalism class. Prerequisites may depend on the official catalog you are following. You can click on the Check Prerequisites link to ensure you meet all requirements for a specific course.

If you have any question about your catalog, please contact your assigned advisor. The journalism office will drop any students without the appropriate prerequisites, approved waivers or substitutions on or before the first class day. If you think you may be eligible for a waiver or a substitution, you must complete and submit a Course Substitution/Waiver/Re-evaluation Appeal to your journalism advisor for approval. It is your responsibility to make sure all waivers have been approved.

Nine-Hour Rule

Journalism students are only permitted to enroll in up to nine hours of journalism coursework per semester. If you feel that you have a need or extenuating reason to take more than nine hours of journalism in a semester, you must submit a Course Substitution/Waiver/Re-evaluation Appeal to your academic advisor or risk being dropped from one of your journalism classes.